Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on federal assault weapons ban legislation:
“For the first time in more than five years, Congress today took action on a federal assault weapons ban.
“I applaud the House Judiciary Committee for holding an important hearing on protecting Americans from the deadly scourge of military-style assault weapons. The testimony clearly illustrated that an assault weapons ban works and would save lives.
“Compared with the decade before the 1994 ban took effect, the 10 years the ban was active saw a 37 percent decline in gun massacres. Then, the decade after the ban expired, gun massacres shot back up by a stunning 183 percent. There’s no debating the fact that while the ban was in effect gun massacres were down, and after it expired they rose.
“Today’s testimony went even further, showing that the updated federal assault weapons ban we’ve introduced would be even more effective than the original version. The updated assault weapons ban clearly lays out what would qualify as an assault weapon in order to prevent the gun industry from sidestepping the law as they did 20 years ago.
“We cannot wait any longer. Republicans must stop blocking commonsense gun legislation. The time to act is now. The longer we wait, the more lives will be lost.”
The Senate version of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019 has 34 cosponsors in addition to Senator Feinstein.
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Following are key studies related to assault weapons and gun safety legislation: